How an Industrial Robot Works

  • Richard K. Miller
Part of the VNR Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (VNRCMS)


Industrial robots are commonly used for a wide variety of basic industrial tasks: material handling, machine loading, welding, spray painting, and tool operation. A great range of capabilities are offered in commercially available robots: load carrying capacities up to 2000 pounds, speeds up to 50” per second and repeatabilities up to .0004”. Mobility can be achieved with track mounted robots and computers can now provide any degree of desired control. None of these capabilities are available in any single robot system, and the applications engineer must have a good understanding of how a robot works in order to specify an appropriate robot system for a specific application. This chapter provides a description of robot functions and capabilities.


Industrial Robot Continuous Path Robot Controller Tool Center Point Spray Painting 
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